09/08/2005 11:00PM

Grade 1 winners join '06 roster


Florida's stallion ranks will have at least eight newcomers for the 2006 breeding season. Satish Sanan's Padua Stables is welcoming two of them, and each is a Grade 1 winner.

"Proud Accolade has already arrived," says Bruce Hill, Padua's stallion manager. "Pico Central still has some racing to do, and I expect he'll be here after the October Breeders' Cup."

Proud Accolade, winner of last year's Grade 1 Champagne Stakes, is by the former Padua resident sire Yes It's True, who relocated to Kentucky for the 2005 season.

Described by Hill as "a pure racehorse" who has good size and is well balanced, Proud Accolade was bred in Florida by Mrs. Marion G. Montanari. Proud Accolade was sold in the selected session of the 2003 Ocala Breeders' Sales August yearling sales and pinhooked for $47,000. Half a year later, he was bought for $450,000 by Padua Stables at the OBS March auction of 2-year-olds in training.

Proud Accolade will stand for a fee of $5,000 live foal. "We have made his fee as attractive as we can," said Hill. "And, we are going to be more selective than we have in the past.

A broodmare will have to meet certain criteria before we book her."

Pico Central is not your usual Florida stallion retiree. His pedigree is mostly Brazilian and his sire, Spend a Buck, though a winner of the 1985 Kentucky Derby, was not considered a success at stud in the U.S. and was eventually exported to Brazil. The change of venue proved successful. Spend a Buck flourished and sired not only Pico Central, but the millionaire Hard Buck as well. Hard Buck, who was moved to Brazil following one season at stud in Florida, was one of the world's leading international campaigners in 2004.

Hill has seen Pico Central and said he likes what he saw. "I'd call him ideal," said Hill. "He's not overdone. He's clean, with a long keen neck, and about 16 hands. Breeders are going to like what they see. What better racehorse credentials can you get than winning the Met Mile?"

Hill said Pico Central's stud fee for 2006 will be decided after the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Relief for animals affected by Katrina

The Walter J. Ernst Jr. Foundation, in conjunction with the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and with a boost from Lambholm South's S. Roy Lerman, is sponsoring an auction to raise funds to assist the animals who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The auction, which takes place Sept. 12-19, will put up for bid the 2006 stallion seasons of Ocala Farm's Lido Palace, Alysweep, Cloud Hopping, Safe in the USA, Express Tour, and Max's Pal.

The auction terms call for a no-reserve, no-guarantee season to be sold to the highest bidder. The winning bidder will have until noon on Oct. 1 to pay for the season.

More information can be found at www.lambholmsouth.com or by calling Lambholm South at 352-629-7060.

Keeneland sale has 332 Florida-breds

The annual Keeneland fall sale of yearlings, which begins Monday, has cataloged 332 Florida-breds. The parade of Sunshine State offerings begins with Hip No. 5, a gray colt by Cozzene who is a full brother to Platinum Tiara. Platinum Tiara was a stakes winner and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The final Florida-bred in the sale comes a few slots before the end. Hip No. 5107 is a bay colt by Lost Soldier, the sire of Lost in the Fog, and is a half-brother to four stakes winners.